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``With an emphasis on the Estate Pinot Noir Vineyard situated in the Petaluma Gap of Sonoma Coast, Ron Noble Wines is also sourcing Chardonnay grapes Sonoma Mountain and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Oakville and near Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley. My team shares an unrelenting vision for wine quality and we strive to honor each of these magnificent sites with bottlings that are both unique and iconic.`` - Ron Noble

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2018

estate reserve pinot noir

Petaluma Gap

95 Points
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

“Selected from the estate vineyard’s best blocks and subject to a special cellaring regimen and barrel program that, among other things, includes a higher percentage of new oak, this stunning Pinot fully deserves its “Reserve” designation. While a close-to-voluptuous wine of enormous richness and fruity depth, it boasts the kind of complexity that compels contemplation, and it is impeccably balanced with the careful structure to age and age. It is, withal, a not-to-be-missed, tour de force offering from a winery to watch, and any extra effort its finding demands will be repaid many times over.”

Planted around ten years ago, our estate vineyard is exclusively planted to Pinot Noir. Ideally situated at the north-east end of the Petaluma Gap, the climate is ideal for Pinot Noir.

The estate experiences moderate daytime temperatures, even by Sonoma Coast AVA standards, allowing for prolonged hang-time (for phenolic maturity) while maintaining fresh pulp (for balanced acidity). During the growing season, the average summertime diurnal shift (difference from the day’s high and low temperatures) is 30-degrees. A blanket of fog settles over the vineyard most nights during the growing season, bringing welcome cool air and moisture. Refreshing breezes during the day, chase away the fog and dry the area, limiting fungal pressures. This cool wind also leads to thick skins in the grapes, meaning more color and structure for the wines.

With high water retention soils on the estate, we have to control vigor (vine growth) through additional work in the vineyard (heading, leaf removal, lateral removal, crop thinning, etc.)

The Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is chosen from the best blocks on the property and best lots in the cellar. Extra care is given to this wine, with a different barrel program and selection process. It is a limited release wine.

Our Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is brooding in character, concentrated, and built to age. It is not overly fruity or overtly ripe in character. It shows exceptional elegance and finesse.

Harvest: Hand harvested; night picks; Grapes delivered cold to winery.

Sorting: Hand sorted clusters, destemmed, hand sorted berries.

Fermentation: Whole clusters incorporated into fermenter; Small, open top, stainless steel tanks; Co-fermentation of clones (for early textural integration); Cold soak 5 days; Native yeast fermentation; Peak fermentation temp 80-85 F; Punchdowns and aerated pumpovers.

Aging: Pressed at 15-18 days total in tank to French Oak barrels (228L); Native malolactic; Minimal SO2 addition; 60-75% new French Oak; Elevage 14-15 months sur lie prior to bottling.

UNFILTERED

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2018

estate pinot noir

Petaluma Gap

91 Points
–Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

“When measured against its maker’s Estate Reserve, this wine is not quite as layered or compellingly complex, but it shares the same very deep, near-pulpy fruit and is a fleshy, full-bodied effort of explicit, Pinot Noir character. There is nothing delicate about it, yet it earns high marks for its unwavering richness, and, if just tannic enough to notice and having the fruity stamina to age very comfortably for several years, it is invitingly juicy and downright delicious right now.”

Planted around ten years ago, our estate vineyard is exclusively planted to Pinot Noir. Ideally situated at the north-east end of the Petaluma Gap, the climate is ideal for Pinot Noir.

The estate experiences moderate daytime temperatures, even by Sonoma Coast AVA standards, allowing for prolonged hang-time (for phenolic maturity) while maintaining fresh pulp (for balanced acidity). During the growing season, the average summertime diurnal shift (difference from the day’s high and low temperatures) is 30-degrees. A blanket of fog settles over the vineyard most nights during the growing season, bringing welcome cool air and moisture. Refreshing breezes during the day, chase away the fog and dry the area, limiting fungal pressures. This cool wind also leads to thick skins in the grapes, meaning more color and structure for the wines.

With high water retention soils on the estate, we have to control vigor (vine growth) through additional work in the vineyard (heading, leaf removal, lateral removal, crop thinning, etc.)

This wine has deep purple hues, ripe dark red and blue fruit/berry aromatics and flavors, and subtle but cool herbal tones. It shows gorgeous fruit density mid-palate and excellent structure and opulence, while finishing with balanced acidity.

Harvest: Hand harvested; night picks; Grapes delivered cold to winery.

Sorting: Hand sorted clusters, destemmed, hand sorted berries.

Fermentation: Whole clusters incorporated into fermenter; Small, open top, stainless steel tanks; Cold soak 5-7 days; Native yeast fermentation; Peak fermentation temp 80-85 F; Punchdowns and aerated pumpovers.

Aging: Pressed at 15-18 days total in tank to French Oak barrels (228L); Native malolactic; Minimal SO2 addition; 40-50% new French Oak; Elevage 14-15 months sur lie prior to bottling.

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2018

steiner vineyard chardonnay

Sonoma Mountain

93 Points
–Wine Enthusiast


91 Points
–Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

“This generous, full-scaled Chardonnay strengthens our conviction that Ron Noble is a winery to watch. It opens with an expansive, very well-focused nose of concentrated, ripe apple fruit that is laced with creamy oak and accented with hints of gingersnap sweetness and follows with mouthfilling flavors of the same, and, if tipping the scales slightly to heady ripeness and richness, it is exceptionally well-balanced with nary a hint of heaviness. We like it now but see in it the sure potential for more polish and discreet detail with further age and recommend that serious Chardonnay devotees set a few bottles away to be opened once three or four more years have passed.”

 

The style of our Chardonnay reflects the uniqueness of Steiner Vineyard. They are highly complex on the nose and palate, leading to a very intriguing Chardonnay!

We like to say that it is a white wine for red wine drinkers.

The primary clone is “Old Wente” with it’s characteristic “Chicks and Hens”(variable berry sizes within single clusters) for varied levels of ripeness (fruitiness) and acidity that offer balance to the final wine. Having smaller berries overall leads to a higher skin (phenolic) to juice ratio, and thus the texture of the wine.

In addition, with the high elevation of Steiner vineyard, there is increased UV light exposure, leading to sun-kissed, ripe skins with a resulting silky texture with out astringency. The higher elevation also means a later bud break and later harvest (longer hang time) without accumulation of sugars (high alcohols).

Our Steiner Chardonnay has a light-golden hue. It’s extremely complex, with aromas and flavors of ripe pomaceous fruits (golden delicious apple or green pear), yellow florals, and brioche with a savory, Meursault-like character. On the palate, the wine shows excellent fruit density, is richly structured with balanced acidity, with a long finish.

Harvest: Hand harvested; night picks; Grapes delivered cold to winery.

Sorting: Hand sorted clusters to bladder press; whole cluster pressed; Champagne-style press cycle; pressed to 1.8-2.2 bars of pressure.

Fermentation: No SO2 prior to fermentation; Pressed juice to French Oak barrels for fermentation; Native yeast fermentation concurrent with native malolactic; Long, slow fermentations.

Aging: Battonage weekly through ML; Minimal SO2 addition; 60-75% new French Oak; Elevage 14-15 months sur lie prior to bottling.

UNFILTERED

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2019

estate pinot noir

Petaluma Gap

Planted around ten years ago, our estate vineyard is exclusively planted to Pinot Noir. Ideally situated at the north-east end of the Petaluma Gap, the climate is ideal for Pinot Noir.

The estate experiences moderate daytime temperatures, even by Sonoma Coast AVA standards, allowing for prolonged hang-time (for phenolic maturity) while maintaining fresh pulp (for balanced acidity). During the growing season, the average summertime diurnal shift (difference from the day’s high and low temperatures) is 30-degrees. A blanket of fog settles over the vineyard most nights during the growing season, bringing welcome cool air and moisture. Refreshing breezes during the day, chase away the fog and dry the area, limiting fungal pressures. This cool wind also leads to thick skins in the grapes, meaning more color and structure for the wines.

With high water retention soils on the estate, we have to control vigor (vine growth) through additional work in the vineyard (heading, leaf removal, lateral removal, crop thinning, etc.)

This 2019 Estate Pinot Noir is a blend of all five Pinot Noir clones that we have planted at this site.  The Pommard clone is often referred to as an “Heirloom Clone”, along with the Dijon Clones 667, 828, 115 and 777.  In creating this blend as a complete phenolic “survey” of this site, this wine has unparalleled harmony, complexity, and integration of flavors and textures.

This wine is brilliant and has a deep amethyst hue.  Luscious, peak ripe berry character and the supple texture define this 2019 Estate Pinot Noir bottling.  Aromatics and flavors are of mixed berries, black tea, toasted French Oak, and forest floor.  This is a rich, opulent and well balanced wine that will drink beautifully now or in 5 years’ time.

Harvest: Hand harvested; night picks; Grapes delivered cold to winery.

Sorting: Hand sorted clusters, destemmed, hand sorted berries.

Fermentation: Whole clusters incorporated into fermenter; Small, open top, stainless steel tanks; Co-fermentation of clones (for early textural integration); Cold soak 5 days; Native yeast fermentation; Peak fermentation temp 86 F; Punchdowns and aerated pumpovers.

Aging: Pressed at 16 days total in tank to French Oak barrels (228L); Native malolactic; Minimal SO2 addition; 60% new French Oak; Elevage 11 months sur lie prior to bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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2019

Family Blend Pinot Noir

Petaluma Gap

Planted around ten years ago, our estate vineyard is exclusively planted to Pinot Noir. Ideally situated at the north-east end of the Petaluma Gap, the climate is ideal for Pinot Noir.

The estate experiences moderate daytime temperatures, even by Sonoma Coast AVA standards, allowing for prolonged hang-time (for phenolic maturity) while maintaining fresh pulp (for balanced acidity). During the growing season, the average summertime diurnal shift (difference from the day’s high and low temperatures) is 30-degrees. A blanket of fog settles over the vineyard most nights during the growing season, bringing welcome cool air and moisture. Refreshing breezes during the day, chase away the fog and dry the area, limiting fungal pressures. This cool wind also leads to thick skins in the grapes, meaning more color and structure for the wines.

With high water retention soils on the estate, we have to control vigor (vine growth) through additional work in the vineyard (heading, leaf removal, lateral removal, crop thinning, etc.)

This inaugural 2019 “Family Blend” Pinot Noir is still 100% sourced from our estate vineyard in Petaluma Gap.  Our hope is that you will not only enjoy the medium-bodied, juicy, food friendly style and strong value of this wine, but that you will share this wine with your friends and family around your home table; we certainly will.  Cheers!

Our Family Blend Pinot Noir leads with ripe red berries, spice and vanilla and has hints of fresh savory herbs.  Medium rich on the palate, flavors of juicy, dark red fruit and dulce de leche caramel are complimented by the supple tannin structure and bright finish.  Whereas the Estate and Estate Reserve are collector’s wines and will develop beautifully over years of cellaring, think of this wine as “a daily drinker”.  The perfect summer wine or a great red-wine option for pairing with delicate flavors.

Harvest: Hand harvested; night picks; Grapes delivered cold to winery.

Sorting: Hand sorted clusters, destemmed, hand sorted berries.

Fermentation: Whole clusters incorporated into fermenter; Small, open top, stainless steel tanks; Cold soak 3 days; Native yeast fermentation; Peak fermentation temp 80 F; Punchdowns and aerated pumpovers.

Aging: Pressed at 14 days total in tank to French Oak barrels (228L); Native malolactic; Minimal SO2 addition; 40% new French Oak; Elevage 11 months sur lie prior to bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.